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PROTECTING YOUR PARENTS FROM THOSE WHO WOULD PROFIT FROM THE PANDEMIC

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It is a truism in politics that politicians, at the local, state, and federal level care little about individual constituents and focus their time and energy on those who can deliver campaign funds, mass voter support, and media attention. So it is no wonder that your state and federal legislators are attempting to give the insurance industry and organized nursing home operators an incentive to contribute … blanket immunity for actions which might be considered, in non-pandemic times, malfeasance (an act that is illegal or wrongful), misfeasance (an act that is legal but improperly performed), or nonfeasance (a failure to act that results in harm).

What the nursing home operators are telling the legislators…

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California health care workers and those serving in supporting roles are on the front lines of a crisis unlike any our state has ever faced. Every day, they are racing against time to prepare to treat and care for all in need. Sadly, in the coming days and weeks, they will face wrenching, life-threatening decisions in managing scarce resources amid arduous conditions.

The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to affect so many people that health care providers will be forced to allocate scarce medical resources among too many patients who need them.

[OCS: But what of the organization that deliberately engages in cost-cutting behaviors that result in routine understaffing and a shortage of essential equipment and supplies necessary to meet emergency needs? This has been a past pattern and practice of many health care providers who would be rendered exempt from the liability arising from their bad behavior.]

Given this stark reality, we must have one goal: to save as many lives as possible. With that goal, we request the Governor issue an Executive Order including the following language, which will provide a level of liability protection adequate for care providers to save Californians’ lives.

[OCS: This is a straw-man argument because the triage procedures to prioritize the lives of those who patients who can be saved is a routine medical occurrence found in every hospital emergency room, and all triage decisions should be well-documented and serve as a defense against unwarranted liability claims.]

During the current COVID-19 state of emergency, health care facilities, residential care facilities, senior living providers, health care service plans, physicians and other health care professionals, and all employees thereof, are hereby requested to render services to Californians. In recognition of these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances, such facilities, plans, physicians, professionals, and employees shall be immune from any administrative sanction or criminal or civil liability or claim for any injury, death, or loss alleged to have resulted from any act, omission, or decision made related to providing or arranging services, including but not limited to acts, omissions, or decisions undertaken because of a lack of resources, absent proof by no less than clear and convincing evidence of willful misconduct as measured by a standard of care that incorporates all of the circumstances of the emergency. All state statutes and regulations are hereby waived to the extent necessary to achieve this immunity. The unenforceability or invalidity of any part of this paragraph shall not have an impact on the enforceability or validity of any other part of this paragraph.

[OCS: Unfortunately, individuals are often reluctant to jeopardize their job and future career by alleging wrongdoing or providing evidence and testimony to support allegations. During this pandemic, we find family members, friends, and state-certified ombudsmen are barred from facilities, and state inspectors are restricted by time and the number of facilities assigned to observe wrongdoing. Allegations made by those who have dementia are often ignored, and many patients or nursing home residents are reluctant to rock the boat lest they are rendered homeless.]

Effectively minimizing death and serious illness among the population as a whole entails distributing finite resources to those who have the greatest opportunity to benefit, thereby maximizing appropriate care for the greatest number of patients likely to benefit from these resources.

While the state is creating a framework to guide these difficult decisions, providers need assurance they will not later be judged or sued when abiding by this framework, or when making related care decisions based on their best judgment and determination at the time. In this time of crisis, care providers must be able to observe, evaluate, and respond to rapidly-changing conditions and events; the prospect of being subjected to future lawsuits would burden and slow these decisions, threatening greater loss of life throughout California. Basic ethical principles governing crisis triage decisions include accountability-- not only for health care providers called upon to make such decisions but also for the government in supporting the processes to make these decisions and protecting the providers who make them.

[OCS: Let us note that many states were unprepared to render assistance in supplying emergency equipment and other supplies. In many cases, equipment that had been used in the past was never replenished, or the supplies were allowed to decay into uselessness. In some cases, states were well aware of the need for emergency supplies to meet a pandemic and did nothing except conference and write reports.

Again, the issue is malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance, not the critical allocation of supplies during an emergency.]

When providers approach their work in the coming weeks and months, we must give them the support they need to make the best possible decisions, including protections from future legal action, as long as that liability protection does not excuse willful misconduct. To help understand the magnitude of the situation, here are several examples of the kinds of situations our health care system will face:

1. Thirty patients require ventilators, but a hospital has only 25 ventilators.
2. A hospital has too few pulmonologists, so obstetricians agree to care for respiratory patients.
3. A hospital postpones a patient’s elective surgery to accommodate a surge of COVID-19 patients, thus delaying care to the surgery patient.

[OCS: How many people notice that large numbers of physicians, nurses, and support staff were furloughed and sent home because there was a general lack of patients? This is the basis of a triage-type question: why should a non-critical COVID-19 patient take precedence over a patient that requires the implantation of a pacemaker/defibrillator? Most of the facilities were not full of patients. Hospital ships and tent facilities went mainly unused.]

4. A patient no longer needs acute care and is moved to a skilled nursing facility, although the patient preferred to stay at the acute care facility and did not provide consent to be transferred.
5. An assisted living facility resident contracts COVID-19 from an employee, even though the facility used proper screening techniques when employees arrived at work.

[OCS: Taking someone’s temperature and asking a few questions is not the issue. The issue is whether the facility maintains adequate infection control and isolation techniques to prevent the spread of disease. How well did the same cohort do with the seasonal flu, which is also deadly to the elderly with underlying medical conditions? There was no consideration of legal immunity or prosecution under these conditions.

6. An assisted living facility suspends group dining and activities as well as restricting visitors, due to social distancing requirements, and is sued for causing depression by isolating residents in their rooms.

[OCS: One might assume that such a facility would have a program for some level of socialization, if nothing more than walkie talkies between friends or access to television, computers, and other diversions.]

7. A skilled nursing facility is sued for allegedly deficient care rendered by staff who had not received full training s a result of staffing shortages.

[OCS: Staffing shortages are not an excuse for the lack of training to keep the patient and the caregiver safe. If you are hiring bodies off the street and allowing them to care for patients or residents, the problem resides with management.]

8. A facility cannot access N-95 masks, and health care providers are asked to deliver care using surgical masks.

[OCS: At this time, there are few scientific studies of the effectiveness and efficacy of masks or face coverings unless one is sick. Unfortunately, there is also little scientific study of asymptomatic patients or so-called super-spreaders.

9. A skilled nursing facility admits an asymptomatic patient in accordance with California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The patient later is determined to be COVID-19-positive, and the facility must manage a potential outbreak without full staff and without sufficient personal protective equipment.

[OCS: If you are operating during a seasonal flu epidemic or a Covid-19 pandemic, you take precautionary measures to the standards of care promulgated by competent medical authorities.]

In addition to the executive order language requested above, when considering the issue of liability protection, provisions of Government Code Section 8659 should be explicitly invoked; however these provisions are too limited for the unprecedented pandemic we are facing, which is why even broader liability protections is needed. Government Code Section 8659 does not help skilled nursing or assisted living facilities or health plans, and omits many types of health care workers (such as physician assistants, mental health providers, custodial staff, and managers). In addition, this statute does not provide protection for a willful act or willful omission, such as considered decisions to ration ventilators, stop elective procedures, transfer a patient to an alternate care center, or assign an obstetrician to care for a pulmonary patient which has been the advice of the state or the standard or care in a crisis.

As our care providers make these difficult decisions, they need to know they will not be prosecuted or persecuted. This request is made with the deep understanding that every care provider is doing all they can to protect all Californians during this unprecedented crisis.

Respectfully,

Carmela Coyle, President and CEO
California Hospital Association

Craig Cornett, CEO/President
California Association of Health Facilities

Sally Michael, President & CEO
California Assisted Living Association

Janus Norman, SVP, Government Relations
California Medical Association

Charles Bacchi, President & CEO
California Association of Health Plans

Jeannee Parker Martin, President & CEO
LeadingAge Californa

And, the open-handed legislators are listening…

At least twenty states have some form of liability limitations, and the GOP under Mitch McConnell is attempting to push Senate S.4317, known as the “Safe to Work Act,” through Congress to provide overarching federal immunity.

TITLE I—LIABILITY RELIEF, Subtitle A— provides for “Liability Limitations For Individuals And Entities Engaged In Businesses, Services, Activities, Or Accommodations;” while Subtitle B— provides “Liability Limitations For Health Care Providers.”

Bottom line…

Even though the wording of these so-called immunity orders don’t necessarily protect against gross negligence or willful misconduct, they generally apply to behavior and acts that allegedly may cause injury or death during the current pandemic. But I do not see why our parents should forfeit their right to legal remedies in favor of corporate entities, some of who have been cited numerous times in the past for poor infection control practices or other deviations from the rules and regulations.

I would urge senior citizens to call their state and federal legislators. There is absolutely no reason we should give health care facilities a pass for deliberate short staffing and stinting on personal protective equipment (PPE) or other medical necessities. When all is said and done, we did not provide liability for the seasonal flu, which is similarly as infectious and deadly to the elderly and infirm as COVID-19. These organizations have been trying for years to excuse their poor behavior and reduce their liability and insurance premiums.

In the final analysis, it is up to the legal profession to vet liability claims based on costs, the provision of evidence, the likelihood of prevailing at trial, and the limitation of compensation due to the age of the patient or decedent.

This seems to me to be little more than well-funded special interests taking advantage of this unfortunate situation to excuse their past, present, and future behavior.

I vote NO!

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



"WE THE PEOPLE" ARE BEING SCREWED BY PROGRESSIVE COMMUNIST DEMOCRATS

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You cannot continue to blame the GOP for the actions of the progressive socialist democrats …

Did you ever think that a single political party would participate, promote, or accept the actions of a violent, racist, and fascist group of communists while they are tearing down an American city?

Did you ever believe that just mentioning a drug, hydroxychloroquine, could get you banned from the social media platforms and attacked by those who claim ownership of “science?” Or, that some well-credentialed and well-experienced scientists would be denied a voice at the same time a long-time science-bureaucrat flip flops between the politically-determined fashionable science of the day with a degree of certitude that is unwarranted by any scientific findings?

Or, that a single party would nominate a “trained Marxist” as the President of the United States, followed by a corrupt, lying nominee who is, by all publicly-revealed evidence, an unindicted felon, and then followed by a corrupt, lying, cognitively-impaired fool who has spent decades in the government and has flip-flopped on every issue?

Or that treason, the political corruption of the nation’s intelligence, law enforcement agencies, and the state department, the subversion of a presidential election, and the attempted removal of a sitting president should be covered-up and ignored as if it never happened or was “old news?”

Or that educational institutions would suppress academic freedom and free speech in favor of progressive-dictated subject matter and viewpoints?

Or that bureaucratic unions would dictate public policies that would bankrupt our communities, municipalities, and states?

Or that children would be indoctrinated and not educated? Offered a false political narrative instead of an actual historical record?

Or that schoolchildren would have their choice of birth control or abortions, but not the right to attend the school of their choice?

Or that the most significant technology platforms would ever actively censor information that was not approved by the progressive socialist democrats? Where throttling or denying access is the modern equivalent of book burning?

Or that the mainstream media would knowingly and willingly become the propaganda arm of the progressive socialist democrats?

Or that individuals perceived to be white would be demonized and the use of the word “racist” would be used to shame and silence the opposition. When a man can self-proclaim to be a woman, a woman becomes a man, and everybody chooses their own reality -- divorced from biology and science?

Not in all of my life, could I have even imagined such a dystopian scenario – especially after reading about big government and the surveillance state in George Orwell’s 1949 classic “1984.” Where language is subverted to mean whatever the progressives find convenient at the moment and that American families have become almost irrelevant as sexual deviation is openly demonstrated in schools?

What have we become? What is to become of us? How is it that “We the People” have been dominated by well-funded elitists and academics that assure us that they know what is best for us, our community, and our nation? Especially when so many of them are demonstrably ignorant in so many things?

VOTE-2020

If we do not win by an overwhelming and obvious victory, the election will be challenged and, once again, we will be well and truly screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



HERMAN CAIN, AMERICAN PATRIOT (1945 -- 2020)

Today we lost one of our own, a Tea Party Patriot, to the ravages of the Communist Chinese Virus…

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What more can be said other than another distinguished American patriot falls after fighting the good fight.

RIP Herman.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



FOR MEMBERS OF THE GOP WHO ARE CONSIDERING VOTING FOR BIDEN IN 2020

Patriots, there comes a time when you must fight for your country…

JOE&JILL

Hi I'm Joe Biden

  • I am a confirmed liar and plagiarist.
  • I sold my office to enrich myself and my family.
  • I have supported actual Klan members and racists all my life.
  • I have decades of government service with few accomplishments of my own.
  • I borrow Obama's name and record.
  • I rarely make sense and often act inappropriately around women and children.
  • I say I always believe women's allegations, except when they point to me.
  • I appear to have some form of dementia.
  • I have adopted the Marxist/Communist Agenda, but can't explain it.
  • I refuse the leave my basement, give news interviews, or debate.
  • Even radical Ilhan Omar will not endorse me.
  • I am likely to cede my office to an unelected Vice President who will then appoint an unelected person to the Vice Presidency.

But, you must vote for me because

I AM NOT ORANGE-MAN TRUMP!

Bottom line…

VOTE-2020

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE RUSSIA/TRUMP HOAX: MADE IN AMERICA?

New revelations have surfaced that indicate that Christopher Steele relied on a primary sub-source that has now been identified and confirmed as Igor Danchenko. This American resident is associated with the liberal think tank known as the Brookings Institution. The head of the Brookings Institution until 2017, Strobe Talbot, may have been promised a position in a new Hillary Clinton administration, appears to have his fingers in the dossier circulation pool and coincidently is related to Cody Shearer, an author of similar dossier material and thought to be a contributor to the Steele version of the dossier.

It looks like the Trump/Russia hoax was purely an American affair with its specious comments and allegations assigned to known Russian names. What makes this problematical for the DOJ/FBI is that they swore, under the penalty of perjury, that the source was “Russia-based” and “truthful and cooperative.” No mention of the fact that the primary sub-source said that his comments were little more than “bar talk.”

Therefore, I have revised my chart that asks "is the backbone of the hoax effort?"

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Since these people all seem to know each other and multiple lines of communication exist, this chart is just an approximation of who the key players might be. Of course, this leads one to question the truth of the DNC hacking claims and why Hillary Clinton needed to scrub her server.

According to published sources, the FBI and other government agencies have been slow-walking information requests to run out the statute of limitations clock on the major players. Most of whom should be tried for treason for attempting to overthrow the government.

It is also possible that the Attorney General William Barr will allow John Durham’s report and any indictments to be delayed until after the November election.

It is looking more-and-more like Jeffrey Epstein will be convicted of a crime than Hillary Clinton and her closest cronies.

For those wishing to read more about the recent findings, you may want to learn more at investigative reporter John Solomon’s Just the News.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



REALITY CHECK: HOW TO CONVERT A LIBERAL

A real-life three-panel comic strip…

“Chill Dawg,” liberal ESPN radio host Paul Gallant to President Donald Trump…

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Whoops! My apartment building is torched by “peaceful protesters…”

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New respect for the Second Amendment and angry at the “peaceful protesters…”

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Bottom line…

Reminds me of the old Irving Kristol quip that defined a conservative as a liberal mugged by reality. Somewhat of a truism for all but professional victims.

But, in the hands of an academic…

From the Punishment & Society Journal, an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research and scholarship dealing with punishment, penal institutions and penal control.

Is a conservative just a liberal who has been mugged?: Exploring the origins of punitive views

Abstract

As in the adage that `a conservative is just a liberal who has been mugged', many presume that punitive public attitudes are derived from the direct experience of crime and victimization. People become `fed up' with criminality and seek to strike back at lawbreakers.

Social theories of punitiveness, on the other hand, typically portray punitiveness as a form of scapegoating in which offenders are just a stand-in population, masking more abstract anxieties.

This survey was designed to explore both of these hypotheses with a sample (N = 940) of the British public.

A multivariate analysis of survey responses finds that factors such as concerns about the economy and the state of `the youth today' account for a substantial proportion of the effect of actual crime concerns on punitiveness. Crime-related factors, such as victimization experiences or anxieties about crime, on the other hand, do not appear to be strong predictors of punitiveness in this sample.

King, A., & Maruna, S. (2009). Is a conservative just a liberal who has been mugged?: Exploring the origins of punitive views. Punishment & Society, 11(2), 147–169. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474508101490

Ironically, the research was published on April Fool’s Day (April 1, 2009).

Pretty much why the academics and progressive socialist democrats tend to reverse the perpetrator and victim, providing excuses and plea bargains to gun-wielding miscreants while ignoring the damage done to victims and their families.

Orwell’s topsy-turvy world where black is white, wrong is right, up is down, and left is right.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



SOCIALIST DEMAGOGUERY

There are fundamental reasons why I dislike and disbelieve soft-science academics, and in particular, those who participate in “studies” programs.

(1)  These academics operate in an environment that is fundamentally skewed towards socialism, where issues are more likely to be attributed to the “collective” (e.g., systemic racism) rather than the total of individual activities where individuals are held responsible for their behavior.

(2)  Despite the twaddle about “free speech” and “academic freedom,” there are funding and peer pressures on academics to expound and extend those fashionable viewpoints of the day.

(3)  The starting point for all “studies” programs is that the United States is fundamentally flawed and dysfunctional and that all of America’s real or imagined ills can be grossly assigned to the predominantly white race – the very definition of racism itself.

(4)  Academics seem to ignore “human nature,” which is built on naturally occurring inequalities and power dynamics. And that equality, especially as dictated by government fiat, is not only improbable; it may be impossible. Especially, when one considers the situational externalities introduced by the natural conflict between the weak and the strong, the able and the disabled, the producers and the consumers, and the rich and the poor, etc. Moreover, the inherent desire to become a member of the herd and to achieve a satisfactory place in its hierarchy.

So let’s consider this article, which is targeted toward those who govern us…

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How Can Local Government Address Systemic Racism?

Peniel Joseph, one of the nation’s leading civil rights scholars, has studied and written about the history of race and democracy. He has some ideas on how cities and urban areas can begin to dismantle racism.           

[OCS: I would first posit that governance should be wrested from the corrupt party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, anti-civil-rights, and the KKK. The party that is most aligned with “the system” and has misused trillions of dollars that were allocated to improve infrastructure and the general welfare of the people. History has demonstrated that continued political power for this cohort is unlikely to produce beneficial change and continue the practice of political corruption -- where waste, fraud, and abuse is routinely accepted by those who are spending other people’s money.]   

Have we reached a moment when we could start to dismantle systemic racism?  

[OCS: I would also posit that there is no such thing as “systemic racism” because all political actions are the sum total of the actions of self-interested individuals being directed by those granted the power to govern. To believe in systemic racism is to believe a municipality with an administration governed by people of color would find it necessary to attribute racism to the black leadership, black police, black prosecutors, black judges, and black jurors. Or that some outside agency is forcing them to act in a racist manner.]

I hope we have. I do think we’re asking the right questions about wealth inequality, racial disparity, white supremacy, white privilege. These questions, along with defunding the police and prison abolition, are all the right takes in terms of policy.

[OCS: In the history of nations, there has always been wealth inequality, a condition that will prevail far into the future. Racial disparity is an artificial construct to excuse the disparity in performance between the races. One sees true African-Americans, as well as other immigrants, enter the United States and prosper and thrive. Of, course they have a different mindset from the majority of inner cities blacks, one of individualism and opportunity that is divorced from political control and handouts.

White supremacy is to be condemned as it promotes an artificial division of the races. There is no such thing as white privilege unless you also consider the privilege of being born in the United States as opposed to being born in a third-world nation. White privilege is another political construct that is used to divide rather than unite Americans. All following the socialist principles of fomenting the type of revolution that leads to perpetual control over the population by authoritarians.

As for defunding the police and abolishing prisons, that is sheer lunacy. There are those walking among us that do not wish us well. Ranging from psychopaths without any inherent sense of morality to the opportunism of the strong preying on the weak.

Removing law enforcement is little more than empowering anarchy, thuggery, and creating a larger pool of potential victims. Especially if you disarm the law-abiding citizens and remove their God-given right to self-defense after noting that even the police do not have a legal duty to any particular citizen to protect life and property.]

If you’re going to dismantle systemic racism, you have to understand the pipeline and why and how it keeps reproducing inequality and marginalization, unemployment, mass incarceration, poverty and racial segregation.

[OCS: This is a “pipeline” that is created by the political class and their special interests to exploit others. The so-called pipeline is not redressed by changing policy, it is redressed by changing politicians – especially the corrupt radical progressive socialist democrats. Rather than teaching collectivism, hate, and victimhood, the emphasis needs to be redirected, especially by the academy, to individualism, responsibility, motivation, and the creation of your own opportunities. We should always make provisions for the less-abled, but we should not give a pass to any segment of the population that exempts themselves from the consequences of their actions.]

You’re a historian of Black protest movements. How unusual is what we’re seeing lately?

[One might ask, why is that the black protest movements always seem to have their roots in collectivism, socialism, and communism? Why is it that the so-called black leadership can be so easily bought off in return for a little personal power, recognition, and the proverbial thirty pieces of silver?]

A multiplicity of events led to the fact that this time is different. We’ve seen other videos of Black men being killed by the police, but we’ve never seen this kind of cascading series of events.

There was one protest within 24 hours. The New York Times had a breakdown of how that turned into over 4,700 separate protests, including many areas that are overwhelmingly white, where there are no Black people. States like Washington, Utah, Oregon, which we don’t typically associate as headquarters or bastions for Black demographics; or Vermont or Maine, that have all taken to the streets in terms of these demonstrations.

During the largest days of protesting, you had 50,000 to 80,000 people in Philadelphia. It was just truly amazing. Unbelievable.

[OCS: No it is not amazing and it is not unbelievable. Especially when you consider the following factors.

One, the “peaceful” protests were infiltrated by hard-core, radical, well-trained, and well-funded “professional” activists and agitators that used well-known mob dynamics to create events which were then mischaracterized and amplified by the corrupt progressive mainstream media -- and the tacit acceptance by corrupt politicians who ordered law enforcement to stand-down.

Two, to believe that the majority of protestors outside of the United States even knew of George Floyd is doubtful. If you scan the crowd, most of the participants were white college participants out to participate in a historic cultural event. Of course, the anarchists and looters had their own reasons for participation.

And three, let us not forget that Oregon seems to be the domestic domicile of Antifa, mostly comprised of violent anarchists who think nothing of inciting violence and then fading into the mob.]

What’s behind a response on this scale?

It’s a confluence, a cascade of events. Obviously, 1963 and 1968 are important, but also the election of Barack Obama. The first Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 and 2014 after Trayvon Martin, after Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The election of the current president. The racial disparities that the pandemics amplify, including unemployment, are very important. The easing of shelter in place at the precise time that the Amy Cooper and George Floyd videos went viral.

[OCS: Barack Obama was perhaps the first communist president of the United States, a corrupt man who sought to divide rather than unite, a man who openly disparaged America and promoted identity politics. As for Trayvon Martin and Martin Brown – they were criminals and not martyrs. In fact, Trayvon Martin appears to be an accidental martyr because the mainstream media did not immediately recognize that George Zimmerman was a man of color and whipped up a frenzy of racist allegations.

Black Lives Matter is a communist front organization led by self-described “trained Marxists and community organizers.”]

The women’s marches, the March for Our Lives and the various mobilizations that we’ve seen are part of it, other iterations of marches and social movements that primed young people to come to the fore. Another thing that’s primed people is DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], or DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents], people wanting immigrants and undocumented people to be treated well. The cruelty of the treatment of families being detained by ICE definitely struck a chord.

[OCS: These are all far-left events and the talking points are provided by the progressive socialist democrats. Let us not forget that we are speaking of illegal aliens with no right to be in the country. Bringing your children over the border is an act of child abuse while engaged in criminal behavior.]

There are also veterans and true believers, marathon runners who’ve been part of protests and demonstrations and antiracist movements for many decades.

[OCS: So? You can always find a fringe element in any group.]

How much are young people helping to move things forward?

Young people are taking the lead. They’re out on the streets, they’re very excited and inspired. It’s definitely something to see. They’re making history.

You saw this in the ’60s too, with the sit-in movements and the movement against racial segregation. Young people are a big, big part of it.

[OCS: Young people are not taking the lead … they are being lead by a hard-core cadre of socialists and communists – and being feted in the corrupt mainstream media.]

What’s the current dynamic between federal and local leadership?

The federal level is important, but states and local municipalities are going to have more room for leadership immediately. We’ve already seen it with New York taking a billion dollars of its police budget to go into anti-poverty programs and communities of color.

[OCS: The communist Mayor of New York has virtually destroyed much of the city and encouraged most of the violence. Look closely at those poverty programs and you will find that they mostly benefit corrupt special interests and are little more than vote-producing machines for the progressive socialist democrats.]

You’ve seen L.A. say $150 million. You’ve seen municipalities like Austin agree to do different things immediately to stop anti-Black violence. At the symbolic level, we see the monuments, the flags, NASCAR and the NFL saying “Black Lives Matter.”

[OCS: Saying black lives matter instead of ALL lives matter is overt racism.]

Hundreds and thousands of corporations are saying for the first time in history that they’re committed to anti-racism. We’ll now see through their actions, but even the public statements are important.

[OCS: Can you say virtue signaling so that executives keep their jobs and revenues keep flowing?]

What’s the power of such statements?

[OCS: Warning anti-Trump rhetoric below.]

We’ve seen with this presidential administration that rhetoric matters. Saying you’re pro-women, pro-immigration, pro-racial justice or economic justice matters. It gives people at the grassroots level a unifying vision if there are disparities between the rhetoric and the reality.

The Confederate flag matters in that sense. Racist monuments matter because they are reflecting a kind of dehumanization that is systematically embroidered into our public policy. They reflect larger policy decisions that have real impact on the way in which we all live.

The president calling nations “shithole countries,” the president saying people from Mexico are rapists, actually ends up mattering. It matters because once the president says that, it unleashes racial and other kinds of hatred and division that get amplified because the president of the United States said it.

We’re living through probably the first time in modern history where you have a White House where the shared values, the rhetorical values that have been embedded through the second World War and the civil rights movement really came tumbling down.

You had different interpretations of those shared values between, say, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, or Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. But when you look at that timeline, that continuum rhetorically, there’s a shared vision.

Public consensus is unbelievably important. What we’re seeing is that you have public consensus around human rights or civil rights or voting rights, rights for women, or gay marriage.

[OCS: How about public consensus around freedom, liberty, the right to be unmolested by the government, the right to a crime-free existence, and the God-given right of self-defense?

You punish individuals for specific transgressions, you do not kill a country and enslave its people.]

The only way a country can ever be what it proclaims to be is by saying those things, standing up those things, even if, because of imperfection, we find a thousand instances where the country is not living up to them.

What could be done at the local level to move toward ending systemic racism?

The first place to look is law enforcement and how much of your general revenue locally is going toward law enforcement, and reimagining public safety.

[OCS: Public safety is an absolute that does not need reimagining. You identify, prosecute and isolate criminals from their community. You continually strive to weed out the bad apples from any law enforcement organization while realizing that perfection only exists in the fevered minds of corrupt socialists and communists.

Remember, it is the socialist unions that hide and/or prevent the punishment of most public sector employees.]

It’s not saying you’re getting rid of cops. Many mayors already are investing and advocating for universal basic income for the poorest of their residents, mayors in California, across the country have said that.

I think that you start by looking at criminal justice, you start looking at your zoning, your density policies, where are those equitable and where are they not equitable. Look at voting access. Look at health care and health-care access.

[OCS: All progressive socialist democrat talking points that have nothing to do with holding an individual responsible for their own actions and to redress the greatest systemic failure in our history: political corruption.]

There are a lot of ways to think about equity, but ending systemic racism starts with criminal justice. It’s going to require a redistribution of power and resources in local municipalities. You would look to the federal government for leadership at some point to help accelerate that process but the leadership, as we see from the protests, is starting bottom up.

How does housing fit into this?

[OCS: The majority of homelessness is attributable to mental illness and/or drug addiction. But listen to the progressive talking points being spewed below.]

Homelessness is connected to all of this. One of the arguments that Black Lives Matter made in 2013 was that the criminal justice system in the United States was connected to a panoramic gateway of racial economic inequities and disparities that were connected to social welfare, housing, education, the environment, all these different things.

Housing is connected to criminal justice, when you think about the Clinton crime bill and the way the poor get criminalized. If you ever sold a dime bag of weed, you can never get public housing access again. And that real incalculable trauma that places on families and children whose parents are in prison in the United States.

Can you think of something that contributes to systemic racism that might seem innocuous, but is actually quite dangerous?

The cash bail system. It should be abolished. Money bail goes back to the convict lease system right after the Civil War, where Black men and women were arrested on questionable charges. They could not post bail because they were broke, and so they were leased out to private industries that paid local municipalities money per convict. That convict lease system continues all the way to this day with the cash bail system and its fines and fees.

[OCS: This is pure and utter bullshit. To immediately release a criminal back into the community to commit further crimes is immoral and insane.

You will note that the historical context, while true, has little or nothing to do with keeping the community safe today.]

The Justice Department published reports on Ferguson and Baltimore, how Black citizens were targeted with systemic racism to raise fines and fees so that the local government in Baltimore and then Ferguson wouldn’t have to raise taxes on white residents. It’s really extraordinary.

The whole criminal justice system has to be rethought. The reason why Black people are disproportionately represented in it is not because of pathology in the Black family, as popularly believed. It’s really because of white supremacy.

[OCS: This is the type of pure bullpucky that comes from progressive academics. Consider the moral basis of the family and its influence on the future success of children. Perhaps, nothing killed the nuclear family more than the democrat’s welfare policies. Even now, the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement wants to abolish the nuclear family – perhaps to make all individuals responsible to the state. Absolute tyranny, not freedom, and certainly not equality.]

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[OCS: It appears to me that the professor has a major interests in demagoguery on behalf of the progressive socialist democrats. Perhaps he should heed the words of Booker T. Washington about those who profit from keeping racial division alive.]

Peniel E. Joseph, Ph.D., is the founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint professorship in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, and in the History Department of the University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Joseph is the author of several award-winning books, including Waiting’ Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, and Stokely: A Life. His most recent book is The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Sword and the Shield, was published in March. He also served as editor for The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.

Joseph is recognized as the founder of the “Black Power Studies” subfield of American Civil Rights History. He founded the center to focus interdisciplinary research and scholarship investigating how issues around race and democracy impact the lives of Americans. In an interview with Governing, he offers thoughts on the current cultural moment and how local governments might begin to address systemic racism.

Bottom line…

In my opinion, systemic racism is a mechanism to deflect attention from the failure of the existing political class, mainly those that govern the inner cities, and to provide a reason to re-elect these very same miscreants to power once again. And the good professor is simply part of the progressive socialist/communist democrat movement whose writings reflect a viewpoint that blacks are victims and somebody needs to do something to rescue them from their victimhood.

You will notice that their only prescription for the redress of inequity is not freedom, but the adoption of socialism and identity politics. Political corruption abounds.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

P.S. Sorry for the long post -- but I wanted to reply in context. 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



YOUR PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ABOUT TO BE INVADED

For those of you who have worked hard to move out of apartments and cities and into your own patch of paradise, beware – radical progressive socialist/communist democrats are targeting your single-family home… democrat-suburbiaThere are generally two toxic housing concepts that drive the radical progressive socialist/communist democrat agenda.

(1)  That wealth inequality is racist and the inability for the poor and minorities to live in the suburbs is inherently racist,

(2)  That racism does not need to be proven, but is automatically assumed to be present if the number of individuals of color living in a community does not equal or exceed the proportion of the number of individuals of color occurring in the general population and is prima facie proof of racism and presents a disparate impact on those of the protected class being measured.

So, it is not unusual to find the mentally-impaired Joe Biden and the radical progressive socialist/communists attempting to implement these housing concepts by destroying suburban life.

From Biden’s platform…

biden-platformCory Booker’s explanation of “exclusionary zoning” under the HOME Act…

booker1Unless local municipalities knuckle-under to the federal government to alter zoning requirements, their access to significant federal funding would be curtailed or eliminated… 

Biden and Dems Are Set to Abolish the Suburbs

That’s all bad enough. But on top of AFFH [Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing], Biden now plans to use Cory Booker’s strategy for attacking suburban zoning.

AFFH works by holding HUD’s Community Development Block Grants hostage to federal-planning demands. Suburbs won’t be able to get the millions of dollars they’re used to in HUD grants unless they eliminate single-family zoning and densify their business districts.

AFFH also forces HUD-grant recipients to sign pledges to “affirmatively further fair housing.” Those pledges could get suburbs sued by civil-rights groups, or by the feds, if they don’t get rid of single-family zoning.

The only defense suburbs have against this two-pronged attack is to refuse HUD grants. True, that will effectively redistribute huge amounts of suburban money to cities, but if they give up their HUD grants at least the suburbs will be free of federal control.

The Booker approach — now endorsed by Biden — may block even this way out.

Booker wants to hold suburban zoning hostage not only to HUD grants, but to the federal transportation grants used by states to build and repair highways. It may be next to impossible for suburbs to opt out of those state-run highway repairs. Otherwise, suburban roads will deteriorate and suburban access to major arteries will be blocked.

AFFH plus the Booker plan will leave America’s suburbs with no alternative but to eliminate their single-family zoning and turn over their planning to the feds. Slowly but surely, suburbs will become helpless satellites of the cities they surround, exactly as progressive urbanists intend. <Source>

The “why” is simple to understand…

It is all about political control over the population, including but not limited to housing, healthcare, employment, mobility, and your freedoms. By altering the political constituency of the suburbs, which generally acts as a counter-balance to majority-Democrat cities, the progressives can capture more of the suburb’s swing vote that holds their power in check. Consider high-rises in mini-downtowns located in restrictively zoned suburban areas, filled with rent-subsidized individuals who are willing to vote for the progressives, especially under coercion and ballot harvesting. Enough to make a progressive salivate. Even worse, tax money collected in the suburbs could be redistributed to the poorer parts of the city to purchase even more votes.

Bottom line…

For those middle-class suburban housewives who do not like President Trump or the way he Tweets, he may be the last thing standing between your home and a modern ghetto. When people, myself included, suggest that we are on the brink of destroying the America we know and love, we are not kidding. The radical progressive socialist/communist democrats have told us what they want to do – and even put it in writing. Believe them. They are not joking.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell